Ampleforth is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: St Peter Ampleforth, Ampleforth St Peter, Ampleforth Oswaldkirk, and Ampleforth Birdforth.

Riding: North Riding

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1644
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1601

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Kilburn
  • Scawton
  • Land Common to Ampleforth Birdforth, Ampleforth St Peter and Ampleforth
  • Oswaldkirk
  • Coxwold
  • Oswaldkirk
  • Gilling
  • Helmsley with Sproxton, Rievaulx and Carlton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AMPLEFORTH, a village, three townships, and a parish in Helmsley district, N. R. Yorkshire. The village lies near the Thirsk and Driffield railway, 4 miles SW of Helmsley; it comprises the townships of Ampleforth-St. Peter and Ampleforth-Birdforth in the parish of Ampleforth, and the township of Ampleforth-Oswaldkirk, in the parish of Oswaldkirk; and it has a station on the railway, and a post office under York. Pop., 605. A Roman Catholic college was established at Ampleforth Lodge, in Ampleforth-Oswaldkirk, in 1802; grew from a small commencement to great size and con sequence; received the addition of a church in 1856, and of new college buildings in 1861; is now a massive quadrangular pile, in the pointed style of the 14th and 15th centuries; and numbers among its pupils many members of the English Romanist aristocracy. Ampleforth and Oswaldkirk parishes are interlocked with each other through the village. Acres of the two, 3,573. Real property, £6,516. Pop. of Ampleforth alone, 450. House, 99. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York. Value, £261. Patron, the Archbishop of York. The church is good; and there are two Methodist chapels. Charities, £29.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Ampleforth, 4 m. S. S. W. Helmsley. P. 605

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


County: Yorkshire
Civil Registration District: Helmsley
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Ampleforth
Diocese: York
Rural Deanery: Riddal
Poor Law Union: Helmsley
Hundred: Birdforth; Ryedale
Province: York

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